photos by Bob Virag, Stream Team volunteer
words by Larry Ruff, Greenway Network
Dardenne Creek is 27 miles long. It originates in Warren County, flows northwest through St. Charles County and empties into the Mississippi River directly north of St. Peters. It is a pretty creek in its headwaters–Ozarkian in nature.
In the ’20s and ’30s, farmers channelized the creek in the flatter regions of the county. Those farms have become hundreds of subdivision neighborhoods. It crosses I-70 at St. Peters and runs through he Mississippi River floodplain. Every where a road crosses the creek, Greenway Network tries to monitor that site.
Activities:Help monitor water quality on Dardenne Creek with Greenway Network for the annual Dardenne Creek Monitoring Day Date: Sunday, May 5, 2014 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Place: 20+ sites along Dardenne Creek, with a celebratory end at Greenway Network’s office at 215 Indacom Drive, St. Peters
What to expect: Arrange sampling locations with Greenway Network ahead of time. Stream Team volunteers will collect water chemistry data, macroinvertebrate data, and stream discharge measurements throughout the day. If you’re a newbie, Greenway will connect you with trained volunteers.
Bring the data back to Greenway Network’s office at 215 Indacom Drive, St. Peters, MO by 1:00 p.m. A tasty lunch of Subway sandwiches and drinks will be provided to all participants!
What to bring: Always dress appropriately for the weather and please bring gloves that you do not mind getting dirty. Volunteers need to bring their monitoring equipment (unless you’re paired with a trained volunteer).
For more information: Contact Larry Ruff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (636) 498-0772 to register and arrange site locations.